The end of Oxbridge dominance?

One of England’s leading headmasters has said that narrowing the gap between Oxbridge and other top universities in this country will only benefit students – and that the change is already happening. This is from the Independent…

Speaking to the Times, the incoming chairman of the Headmasters and Headmistresses Conference Tim Hands said: “We are going to have a super Ivy League of Imperial, UCL, LSE, and then Oxbridge won’t be so apart, which must be good for our society. We are already getting towards it.”

Hands is presently Master of Magdalen College School, in Oxford, one of the leading schools for A-level results in England – sending 47 pupils to Oxford and Cambridge this year.

Discussing the emphasis placed on an Oxbridge education, Hands said that if the ‘hegemony’ of the two institutions were removed, young people would be the ones to benefit.

“Parents and pupils do tend to see those universities – after all, they have their own term, Oxbridge – as being apart, in a league of their own. I think that can be very harmful to young people’s self-perceptions and to parents’ aspirations,” he told The Times.

His comments come after Oxford released numbers demonstrating that around 17,000 pupils applied for only 3,000 undergraduate places this year.

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Do you agree that if the gap between Oxbridge and other universities narrows it will be a good thing, or is it good that we have two universities with an outstanding global reputation that all students can aspire to? Please share in the comments or on twitter… 

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